Sheri Salata was named president of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, along with Erik Logan, in July 2011, and together they spearhead the day-to-day operations for the award-winning network. Under their leadership, OWN has delivered consistent ratings momentum and was recently named one of the "Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood" by Fast Company.
The network has developed several popular original series including the Emmy award-winning "Oprah's Lifeclass" and "Super Soul Sunday," as well as the Emmy-nominated and NAACP winning "Oprah's Master Class" along with other acclaimed series such as "Iyanla: Fix My Life," "Welcome To Sweetie Pie's" and "Oprah: Where Are They Now?." Additionally, the network's first scripted series from prolific producer and entertainer Tyler Perry, including "The Haves and the Have Nots," have garnered record ratings for the network. The network also recently announced a new original drama series for OWN, "Queen Sugar," (working title) as well as a two-night mini-series event, "Tulsa." "Queen Sugar" will be produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Harpo Films' "Selma") with Oprah appearing in a recurring role and "Tulsa" will star Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer sharing the story of one of the largest race riots in U.S. history.
As a recognized leader in the entertainment industry, Ms. Salata was featured on The Hollywood Reporter's "Most Powerful Women in Entertainment" list in 2013 and 2014. For the past three consecutive years, Ms. Salata and Mr. Logan have also been featured on the CableFAX 100, which profiles cable's leaders, pioneers and influencers.
Ms. Salata first joined Harpo Studios in 1995 and served as executive producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from September 2006 through its finale in 2011.
Ms. Salata was born in Georgia, and raised in the suburbs north of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Iowa.